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NKF launches private client group as part of national expansion

Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) has launched a new Private Client Group led by Eastern Consolidated alumni Brian Ezratty and Ron Solarz.

Ezratty will serve as vice chairman and Solarz will be executive managing director. They will be joined by Karlene Canner, Scott Ellard, Jason Shein and Johnny Yuran.


“Having Brian and Ron along with their team join NKF to start the Private Client Group will help our capital markets platform grow at a time of great success and expansion in New York and throughout the country, serving clients with a wide range of investment requirements through their deep experience with the sale of commercial property as well as land sales,” said NKF chief executive officer Barry Gosin.

“Brian and Ron joining our capital markets group is critical to NKF’s national expansion, as they possess decades of industry expertise which will be instrumental in starting NKF’s Private Client Group,” said President & Chief Strategy Officer James D. Kuhn.

“Our institutional team has $4 billion in the marketplace and has had several notable deals like the $1.5 billion Parker Portfolio, the 350,000 SF Blackstone office building, the $1.6 million site in LIC, 1100 units in Bay Ridge in contract with Jonathan Rose and the 900-unit high line site recently certified by Douglaston. NKF’s Debt & Structured Finance Group, under the leadership of Dustin Stolly and Jordan Roeschlaub has become one of the most active capital markets teams in the City.”

Most recently, Ezratty served as vice chairman of Eastern Consolidated, one of the New York City areas largest investment-sales brokerage firms, where he started in 1985. Throughout his career, he has been


responsible for the sale of over $14 billion of commercial real estate. He said his new group will focus on cultivating new client relationships and generating new opportunities for NKF.

Solarz’s most recent position was as an executive managing director at Eastern Consolidated. With over 30 years in the industry, he specializes in commercial property and land sales and is responsible for more than $9 billion in transactions throughout the five boroughs.

“Joining NKF in the height of its expansion in attracting top talent is a thrilling opportunity and we’re excited to get started. We’re in great company alongside such notable industry veterans,” said Solarz.

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